College Football Preview: The 2015 USC Trojans
USC Trojans Preview 2014 Record 9-4 Won National University Holiday Bowl 45-42 vs Nebraska
Overview: USC finished last year 9-4 with a big bowl win 45-42 over Nebraska. USC enters the 2015 season with expectations of reaching the college football playoffs. USC returns a lot of players and they have a tough schedule. If the Trojans can win most of their games there is no way they wont be in the playoffs.
Offense: USC had one of the best offenses in the nation last year. The Trojans finished 23rd in the country with 35.8 points a game, 15th in passing and 68th in rushing yards. The offense was led by quarterback Cody Kessler who returns for his senior year after throwing for 3826 yards with 39 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Justin Davis will be the starting running back this year he rushed for almost 600 yards and 4 touchdowns has a back up. Juju Smith will take over as the go to receiver and will probably ending up leading the team in receiving yards this year.
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Defense: Somehow this defense will have to replace Hayes Pullard who led the team in tackles last year and All-American Leonard Williams. Senior linebacker Anthony Sarao will be leader on this defense he recorded 74 tackles last season. USC will need to replace a couple key guys but they have the talent to do so. If USC's defense can have a solid year this team will be able to beat anyone.
Special Teams: Punter Kris Albarado returns this year after averaging 41 yards a punt last season. Their will an offseason battle about who will be the new kicker for the Trojans.
Overall: The USC Trojans are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball and should be able to play against any team in the country. If the Trojans can grind through their tough schedule and beat Oregon and Notre Dame on the road, USC could find their way in the college football playoffs.